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Freshwater Crayfish 21(1): 103-114 (2015)


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Habitat use of Orconectes meeki meeki and Orconectes williamsi in an intermittent Ozark stream

Herleth-King SS, Mattingly HT and DiStefano RJ  e-mail link

Published Online: 12/31/2015


Relatively few studies have examined fine-scale habitat use of crayfish in headwater streams, despite increasing awareness of the importance of such habitats. Orconectes meeki meeki, Meek’s crayfish, is endemic to the upper White River drainage of Missouri and Arkansas, and Orconectes williamsi, Williams’ crayfish, occurs only there and in the Arkansas River drainage. Our objective was to describe speciesspecific habitat use of these crayfishes at two spatial scales (pool-riffle and microhabitat) within a seasonally intermittent stream. From May through August 2008, we sampled ten riffles and five pools in Rock Creek, Missouri, to quantify surface and hyporheic environmental variables. Density of O. m. meeki was similar between riffles and pools; O. williamsi density was greater in riffles. At the riffle scale, O. m. meeki was positively associated with wetted channel width and upwelling hyporheic zones; O. williamsi was negatively associated with surface and hyporheic water temperatures. At the microhabitat scale within riffles, O. m. meeki was positively associated with wetted depth and pebble-cobble substrates; O. williamsi was positively associated with surface velocity and pebble-cobble substrates. Habitat use was relatively static for both species as surface flows waned from May through August. Our research provides detailed, fine-scale habitat associations of the crayfish to complement existing knowledge of these species at coarser spatial scales.

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Herleth-King SS, Mattingly HT and DiStefano RJ. (2015). Habitat use of Orconectes meeki meeki and Orconectes williamsi in an intermittent Ozark stream. Freshwater Crayfish 21(1):103-114. doi: 10.5869/fc.2015.v21-1.103



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Hayden  Mattingly,* Biology, Tennessee Tech University, PO Box 5063, Cookeville, Tennessee, USA38505. E-mail:

Shawna  Herleth-King, Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 231 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois, USA606004. E-mail:

Robert  DiStefano, Research, Missouri Department of Conservation, 3500 East Gans Road, Columbia, Missouri, USA65201. E-mail:

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   Manuscript Submitted: 6/6/2015

   Manuscript Accepted: 11/15/2015

   Published Online: 12/31/2015

   Published in Print: 12/31/2015



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